Clinic to help clean criminal records

news_inthenews_greenBy JB Clark

Daily Journal

OXFORD – Anyone with a criminal history has the opportunity to learn more about erasing that record Saturday at the University of Mississippi School of Law’s expungement clinic.

“Many people who have been arrested and/or convicted of a misdemeanor or felony have been denied jobs, access to public housing or public benefits or more because of their criminal records,” said Karen Peairs, Northeastern District director of the Magnolia Bar Association, in a press release. “This is an opportunity for them to come and learn more about the expungement process so that they can hopefully remove convictions from their records and overcome the negative impacts these convictions have on their lives.”

Expungement expert Faye Peterson will walk participants through which offenses can be erased from their records.

After the presentation, Peairs said participants will be screened to see which participants meet the Volunteer Lawyers Project income guidelines and have an offense that qualifies for expungement.

“We’ll kind of do triage,” Peairs said. “At another date in March we will bring back those individuals and do a continuing legal education piece and then a clinic with volunteer lawyers.”

The expungement clinic is part of the Magnolia Bar Association’s statewide Restoration Day.

The clinic is being sponsored by the Magnolia Bar Association, the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project and the School of Law’s Pro Bono initiative and Black Law Students Association.

jb.clark@journalinc.com